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95 more people test positive for COVID-19 in the Northland

The Northland's weekly case growth was down for the first time in several weeks.

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Minnesota and Wisconsin health officials reported 95 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northland.

The 10-county region logged no new deaths for the fourth consecutive day.

New cases and seven-day averages in Northland counties:

  • Aitkin — 1; 2.4.
  • Carlton — 9; 7.1.
  • Cook — 1; 0.7.
  • Itasca — 25; 22.1.
  • Koochiching — 2; 2.6.
  • Lake — 4; 1.7.
  • St. Louis — 43; 49.9.
  • Ashland — 1; 1.1.
  • Bayfield — 0; 0.3.
  • Douglas — 5; 8.1.

Collectively, the 10 Northland counties logged fewer cases this week than they did the week prior. That's the first time that's happened in over a month. The region logged about 670 new cases April 16-22.
During that week, three more deaths from COVID-19 were reported across the region.

St. Louis County

In the last week, St. Louis County logged about 350 of those new cases, which is 80 fewer than it logged the week before. Prior to the week of April 16-22, the county had not experienced a decrease in its weekly case growth in two months.

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New cases in St. Louis County cities reported April 16-22:

  • Duluth — 172.
  • Hibbing — 52.
  • Virginia — 26.
  • Eveleth, Hermantown — 12 each.
  • Aurora — 10.

The county's seven-day testing positivity rate was 3.6% on Thursday. That's down slightly from the week before.

Carlton County

Carlton County also had a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases it recorded in the last week. Between April 16-22, cases increased by 50 in the county. That's 24 fewer cases than the week before.

New cases reported April 16-22 in Carlton County ZIP codes:

  • Cloquet — 25.
  • Moose Lake — 7.
  • Carlton — 6.
  • Barnum, Wrenshall — 4 each.

On Thursday, the county's seven-day testing positivity rate was 2.3% — the same rate the county had a week ago.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Northeastern Minnesota increased slightly in the last day. The state of Minnesota reported that 54 people were hospitalized Wednesday and 16 of them were in an intensive care unit.

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Another 610 people in Northeastern Minnesota have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 377 people have in Wisconsin's Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties.

Percentage of people with at least one vaccine dose in each county:

  • Aitkin — 44%.
  • Carlton — 50%.
  • Cook — 67%.
  • Itasca — 40%.
  • Koochiching — 41%.
  • Lake — 50%.
  • St. Louis — 49%.
  • Ashland — 47%.
  • Bayfield — 54%.
  • Douglas — 43%.
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